December 27, 2022

A Rat Played a Role in 1975's Reds/Red Sox World Series Game 6: MLB Network has been replaying MLB's 20 Greatest Games, choosing as No. 1 game 6 of the 1975 World Series between the Red Sox and the Reds. One thing I learned: The iconic camera shot of Carlton Fisk willing his home run to stay fair happened because of a rat in the Green Monster. Cameraman Louis Gerard was asked by director Harry Coyle to follow the ball. "Harry, I can't," Gerard said. "I've got a rat on my leg that's as big as a cat. It's staring me in the face. I'm blocked by a piece of metal on my right. ... How about if we stay with Fisk, see what happens?"

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December 07, 2022

Yankees, Aaron Judge Agree To Nine-Year Deal: The New York Yankees are re-signing reigning American League MVP Aaron Judge, reports Jon Morosi of It’s a nine-year, $360MM contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The agreement is still pending the completion of a physical.

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October 19, 2022

Crypto Deals Turn Ugly for Teams, Leagues: This isn’t the first crypto-related embarrassment that teams and leagues have recently experienced. In fact, it’s not even the first one involving FTX! The company was set to become the L.A. Angels’ sleeve advertiser next season but reportedly backed out of the deal this past June when the crypto market tanked.

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October 13, 2022

Randy Johnson, the gift that keeps on giving: Randy Johnson, not a porn star, former fireballer now photographer. What *can't* he do? Concerts. Travel. Wild Life. NFL sideline photographer.

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October 07, 2022

MLB's New Playoff Format Debuts Today: The 12-team postseason in Major League Baseball begins today. Gone is the potential heartbreak of playoff elimination after a single game. There's now four three-game wild card series. But there's a new heartbreak: The four lower-ranked wild card teams get no home games in the round. The playoffs also drop the man-on-second extra inning rule.

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October 05, 2022

The sanctimonious baseball purists want to elevate Aaron Judge. Don’t let them.: But it is not surprising that the keepers of the sport have not made this clear [that Bonds holds the record]. They rarely do. Over the years, they’ve selectively disguised dishonesty in baseball under the cloak of folklore and corrected the record only under duress. (WaPo gift article link)

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August 24, 2022

MLB Teams Will All Play Each Other in 2023: For the first time, the Major League Baseball schedule in 2023 will feature every team playing each other. This reduces divisional games from 19 to 13. Part of the schedule is a "natural rivalry" four-game series for each team, which is where I learned the natural rival of my Texas Rangers is the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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August 03, 2022

Vin Scully, Forever the Voice of the Dodgers, Dies: Vin Scully, who died Tuesday at age 94, had a career as a baseball announcer for which the term legendary hardly does justice. He joined the Dodgers broadcast booth in 1950 when they were still in Brooklyn and stepped away from the mic 67 seasons later. Not bad for a kid from The Bronx who grew up rooting for the Dodgers' cross-town rival New York Giants. "It may sound corny,” Sandy Koufax once said, “but I enjoyed listening to Vin call a game almost more than playing in them.”

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July 15, 2022

MLB settles minor-league class action lawsuit: Major League Baseball has agreed to a settlement over unpaid wages with its minor-league players.

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July 14, 2022

God Almighty the Orioles Have Won 10 in a Row: Phyllis Cooper was a Baltimore native and Orioles fan since 1954 who died July 2 at age 93. Since then her beloved O's have won 10 straight games -- their best streak since 1999. Her son Randy said she was a huge fan. “One thing I learned early on was don’t call her during a game. Because she’s not going to answer you and then you’re just going to get worried, like, ‘Mom isn’t answering the phone.’"

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June 26, 2022

Basebrawl Includes Actual Punches in Mariners-Angels: There was a barn burner of a brawl today in the Mariners-Angels game. Jesse Winker of the Marines was hit by a pitch, didn't like what he was hearing from the Angels bench and dove into the team throwing punches.

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May 26, 2022

Josh Donaldson Digs the Hole Deeper: After claiming that calling Tim Anderson "Jackie" was friendly -- despite a recent on-field clash between them and friction going back years -- Josh Donaldson says in an apology to Jackie Robinson's family that he's always held his name in high regard. Because of Donaldson's taunt, Yankees fans now chant "Jackie" at Anderson. Meanwhile, the MLB has its lowest percentage of Black players in 30 years.

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May 23, 2022

Roger Angell's Life in Pieces: The New Yorker remembers Roger Angell, a long presence in its pages and offices, upon his death at 101. David Remnick: "He was not only the greatest of baseball writers; he had also lived long enough to see Babe Ruth, of the Yankees, at one end of his life and Shohei Ohtani, of the Angels, at the other."

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May 04, 2022

Weirdest Pitching Ejection Ever: Madison Bumgarner was ejected after one inning by first base umpire Dan Bellino, who has a curious way of conducting a hand check.

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March 10, 2022

MLB 2022: Game On: MLB lockout ends as MLBPA, owners reach agreement

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March 08, 2022

MLB Will Ban the Defensive Shift: The defensive shift is no more. The players have given the league permission during lockout negotiations to ban it in 2023. "There are few plays more frustrating for a baseball fan watching on TV than when a hard-hit ball up the middle — seemingly a base hit — ends up being a routine ground out because the defense had the third baseman camped behind second base," writes Andrew Joseph of USA Today.

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January 26, 2022

David Ortiz First Ballot Hall of Famer: and he is the lone inductee for 2022. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens fall short again and are now no longer eligible for induction via this method.

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January 22, 2022

Son Sues Mom Over Baseball Card Collection: Christopher Trencher has filed suit in New York to make his mother hand over a baseball card collection that includes 1953 Topps Satchel Paige and Ralph Kiner cards worth more than $25,000. The 55-year-old claims she bought them for him in the 1980s. She claims he gave them to her. "I want to enjoy them with whatever years I have left," said mom Carol Ivanick.

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January 21, 2022

Robot Umpires Moving up to AAA Baseball Next Year: Seasonal employees to operate the system are being sought.

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December 31, 2021

I Investigated Bonds and Clemens. Yes, They Belong in Cooperstown: Friday is the last day for voters in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to submit their 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots. Listed on those ballots are two players in their 10th and final year of Hall of Fame eligibility who truly dominated their era but haven’t been voted in: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. (archive link)

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November 30, 2021

Texas Rangers Had Half a Billion Burning a Hole in Their Pockets: The Texas Rangers spent $500 million this week, signing shortstop Corey Seager to a 10-year, $325 million deal and second baseman Marcus Semien to a seven-year, $175 million deal. They also signed starting pitcher Jon Gray and outfielder Kole Calhoun. "they should be commended for not taking the nihilistic route frequented by fellow cellar-dwellers like the Baltimore Orioles," writes R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports.

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October 15, 2021

Dodgers Beat Giants in Deciding Game 5: The Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the National League Championship series over the San Francisco Giants, winning a 2-1 nailbiter that ended with ace Max Scherzer earning the first save of his career on a Wilmer Flores check swing called strike three that was a bad call by first base umpire Gabe Morales.

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August 15, 2021

Pitcher Throws No-Hitter in First Major League Start: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Gilbert threw a no-hitter over the San Diego Padres in his first Major League Baseball start Saturday night. Only four pitchers have ever done that: Theodore Breitenstein in 1891, Bumpus Jones in 1892, Bobo Holloman in 1953 and now Gilbert, a 27-year-old who pitched in 163 minor league games before being called up this year by Arizona.

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July 23, 2021

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name: After 106 years, the Cleveland Indians have chosen a new name, using a video narrated by Tom Hanks and a Black Keys song to make the announcement.

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July 22, 2021

Defending the Worst MLB Trades in History: I skimmed this looking for the Texas Rangers and feel like they're underrepresented, only getting a mention for the 2012 deal of Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villanueva to the Chicago Cubs for Ryan Dempster. Trading 25-year-old former MVP Jeff Burroughs in 1975 to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Adrian Devine, Carl Morton, Roger Moret and outfielders Dave May and Ken Henderson broke my eight-year-old heart.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:44 AM - 1 comment

July 18, 2021

Yankees Fan Throws Baseball at Red Sox Outfielder: A fan at Yankee Stadium hit Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo during a game Saturday, prompting manager Alex Cora to pull the team off the field. Verdugo tossed a baseball towards a young Sox fan but a Yankees fan caught it and threw it back, hitting him.

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May 28, 2021

A-Rod Has Something to Hide: Alex Rodriguez has launched a line of makeup for men, starting with his Blur concealer that comes in eight different shades. "I realized as I was jumping from meeting to meeting, I needed something quick and easy in my routine to conceal blemishes or razor bumps," explained Rodriguez on Instagram, where his first photo looks like a space alien's first attempt at smiling.

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:12 AM - 4 comments

May 07, 2021

Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning: “It just got out of control, literally,” longtime Barons radio announcer Curt Bloom said. “And it was contagious.” “It was 87 pitches with 24 strikes. Most of them weren’t even close, really,” he added.

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May 06, 2021

Orioles Pitcher Retires 27 Batters But It Isn't a Perfect Game: Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means has entered the Bar Trivia Hall of Fame by throwing a no-hitter over the Seattle Mariners with 27 batters retired without it counting as a perfect game. He struck out Sam Haggerty in the third on a wild pitch. Haggerty was caught stealing.

posted by rcade to baseball at 10:26 AM - 4 comments

April 14, 2021

MLB Gets Minor League to Move the Mound Back 1 Foot: Major League Baseball is playing around with the idea of changing the distance from home plate to the pitchers mound for the first time since 1893. The Atlantic League minor league will test a pitching rubber 61 feet and 6 inches from home -- an extra foot beyond the norm. "I love baseball, but the rules aren't written on stone tablets," said Chicago Cubs exec Jed Hoyer.

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Cleveland Infielder Yu Chang Calls Out Online Bigots: After receiving racist abuse in response to an error he made playing his new position at first base, Cleveland Indians infielder Yu Chang shared some of the disgusting messages to condemn anti-Asian hate. He got so much support, online and from the team, that he responded, "Thank you. NOW LET’S PLAY BALL!"

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April 12, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game: North Texas softball pitcher Hope Trautwein threw a perfect game Sunday, striking out every batter she faced in a 3-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It's the first no hitter in Mean Green history and believed to be the first seven-inning perfect game that was entirely Ks.

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April 10, 2021

Joe Musgrove Throws First Padres No Hitter: After 8,206 games, the San Diego Padres finally have a no hitter. Joe Musgrove, a local whose family are longtime season ticket holders, got the no-no in just his second start for the team. The only baserunner allowed was hit by a pitch. I won't mention the opponent.

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April 09, 2021

Babe Ruth's Letter to Mistress Auctioned for $200K: A letter Babe Ruth sent his mistress arranging a tryst at the Aldine Hotel sold at auction for $201,000. Ruth sent the missive in around 1922 to Nell Wilson, who he was seeing while married to his first wife Helen Woodford. "She is watching me so don't get mad and I will see you Monday night," Ruth wrote.

posted by rcade to baseball at 11:23 AM - 9 comments

Mets Win With Questionable Walk Off HBP: The New York Mets elbowed the Miami Marlins for a 3-2 victory on a hit by pitch. Michael Conforti extended his elbow and his pad was lightly grazed by a pitch that would have been strike three. Batters are required to get out of the way of a pitch but that wasn't enforced.

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April 07, 2021

Topps Going Public Again: Fourteen years after it became private under former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, the iconic baseball card company Topps is going public by merging with a special purpose acqusition company (also known as a SPAC, a concept I only understand because I read Matt Levine). Interest in baseball cards and Topps has heated up because of non-fungible tokens (NFT), a new way of creating unique collectibles that requires the blockchain and an obscene expenditure of electricity.

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March 09, 2021

Blue Jays Will Use TV Audio on Radio Broadcasts: The Toronto Blue Jays will drop their radio broadcasts and use the TV feed's audio feed instead beginning with opening day April 1. No team in decades has gone without a dedicated radio team. Though it's described as being a safety move for the pandemic, Sportsnet isn't saying that radio will come back in the future.

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February 07, 2021

ESPN's Pedro Gomez dead at 58: The award-winning journalist, whose son Rio is a pitcher in the Red Sox organization, passed away suddenly Sunday night. Gomez is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons, Rio and Dante; and daughter, Sierra.

posted by The_Black_Hand to baseball at 11:31 PM - 1 comment

January 27, 2021

I Don't Want Cooperstown, I want Shaughnessy: Curt Schilling's thoughts on baseball immortality and settling scores.

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January 22, 2021

Baseball icon Hank Aaron dead at age 86: Hank Aaron came into life on Feb. 5, 1934, in Mobile on the wrong side of segregation. He left it on Friday as a national icon.

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